Community Calendar for Sept. 2

   Tell us about you. If your local nonprofit organization plans a special event and you would like to have the information published in the Hillsborough Beacon, drop a note to Hillsborough Beacon Calendar, P.O. Box 350, Princeton, NJ 08542.
   All items should be typed and must be mailed, faxed (609-924-3842) or e-mailed to [email protected] before 4 p.m. Friday. Please include a phone number for publication. Priority is given to Hillsborough organizations. For details, call Managing Editor John Patten at 609-924-3244, ext. 2163.
   Fall registration for YMCA programs is underway for full privilege members and begins Aug. 30th for program members. Classes run Sept. 13th – Nov. 21st. Visit for more information and to view a program guide.
   Join the Chabad Hebrew School at the Chabad Center of Somerset County, 32 New Amwell Road. No membership or affiliation required. For more information, call 908-874-0444 or visit the website at, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.
   The Woman’s Club of Hillsborough will hold a fashion show and basket auction Oct. 10 at B.P.O. Elks, 375 Union Ave., Bridgewater. Doors open at noon. Luncheon will be served. Advance admission tickets are $30 — no admission tickets will be sold at the door. No one under the age of 18 years old will be admitted to the event. For questions or tickets call 908-359-1750 or e-mail [email protected].
   The Somerset County Park Commission is seeking children ages 6 — 12 to sign up as Junior Ranger recruits for a summer of outdoor entertainment and education. The Junior Rangers will learn about the natural world and how ecosystems work while working hand in hand with the Park Rangers; Junior Ranger Workbooks are available for free at the Ranger stations in Colonial Park in Franklin Township and Duke Island Park in Bridgewater. When the activities in the Workbook are completed a Park Ranger to review the work, administer the Junior Ranger pledge, and present the official Junior Ranger badge.
   Junior Rangers are also entitled to participate in special events and programs throughout the summer and fall. Upcoming programs include: Pond Clean-up at Colonial Park on Aug. 15; Tree Tour at Natirar on Sept. 25; Mountain Biking at Washington Valley Park on Oct. 2; and Learning Lenape at Colonial Park Nov. 20.
   For further information, please contact the Park Rangers at 908 231-0802 ext. 21.
Thursday, Sept. 2
   The next scheduled meeting of the Hillsborough Planning Board is 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2 in the municipal courtroom.
   The Hillsborough Toastmasters Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2 in the municipal building. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit the website at
Saturday, Sept. 4
   The Delaware & Raritan Canal Watch will hold a free history tour by bicycle along the D&R Canal beginning at 10 a.m. Sept. 4 at the canal’s Griggstown parking lot along the Griggstown Causeway in Franklin Township. Canal enthusiast Bob Barth will conduct the ride, which will stop at historic villages and canal structures, such as locks and swing bridges. He will explain why the D&R was one of the most successful canals in the United States. Helmets are required and cyclists are advised to bring water and a snack for the ride, which will last approximately three hours. The nonprofit D & R Canal Watch helps promote, enhance and preserve the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park. For further information, call Mr. Barth at 201-401-3121.
Monday, Sept. 6
   Labor Day. The offices of the Hillsborough Beacon will be closed.
Wednesday, Sept. 8
   St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church will sponsor a Slavic dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 8. The dinner will be held in the St. Mary Parish Center, 1900 Brooks Blvd. The cost is $12 for adults (ages 9 and up) and $5 for children (8 and under), and includes all-you-can-eat pirohi, stuffed cabbage, kielbasa and sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, salad, desert and beverage. Dinners are held on the second Wednesday of every month throughout the year. Orders to go are available. For more information contact St. Mary’s at 908-725-0615.
Looking ahead
   The MOMS Club of Hillsborough West meets the second Thursday of each month for its general meeting. The next meeting will be Sept. 9 — anyone interested in joining should e-mail or call Sue Mayer at 908-369-5656. For more information, check the website at
   The Somerset Hills Kennel Club Dog Show will be held Sept. 9 through Sept. 12 at North Branch Park in Bridgewater. The event is open to the general public and is free of charge.
   Come and enjoy a spaghetti dinner at The Y’s Community Night, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Hillsborough Family YMCA at the intersection of South Branch and East Mountain roads. The event will include after-dinner activities.
   The Hillsborough-East MOMS Club holds monthly meetings on the second Monday of each month — the next meeting will be Sept. 13. For more information, contact the club at [email protected].
   Author Robin Gaby Fisher, a nationally-acclaimed news feature writer with the Star-Ledger, will have a book signing of “After the Fire,” the story of two survivors of the deadly 2000 fire at Seton Hall University, at the Manville Public Library, 100 S. 10th Ave., Manville, at noon Sept. 13. Copies will be available to purchase. The event is hosted by the Hungry Readers Book Club Books, and all are welcome. For more information, call Beverly at 908-722-3057.
   The Hillsborough Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in the cafetorium at Auten Road Intermediate School.
   The GSA Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 to review the proposed park plans and recreation plan for the site. The meeting will be held in Conference Room A of the municipal building.
   Prudential New Jersey Properties is sponsoring its sixth annual golf invitational at Royce Brook Golf Club Sept. 13 to benefit The Sunshine Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing positive activities and emotional support for children with cancer. Participation and other sponsorship opportunities are available for the full day event that culminates in a closing ceremony filled with entertainment and prizes. The tournament welcomes golf enthusiasts of all ages and abilities — player entry is $175 per person, which includes greens’ fees, lunch, dinner, drinks, raffle, awards and silent auction. A dinner package that includes everything except golfing is available for $75. Further information on sponsorships and player participation, contact Steve Janett, 732-627-8400, ext. 358, or send e-mail to [email protected]. Player and sponsor registration forms can be found at
   The Woman’s Club of Hillsborough will have a pot luck dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14, in the multi-purpose room at the Hillsborough municipal building, 379 South Branch Road. Anyone interested in attending should contact Jo Van Driel at 908-359-7683 for more information.
   Step Up to a Healthy Step-Family Seminar, 7:30 p.m. — 9 p.m. Tuesdays Sept. 14 through Nov. 16, at Christian Community Chapel, 211 Route 206. The registration fee is $50 per couple. Contact Joel Davis at [email protected] or 908-874-0677 for more details or to register.
   The Hillsborough Volunteer Fire Co. No. 2 Auxiliary will meet at 8 p.m. Sept. 14 on the second floor of the firehouse on Route 206. The primary purpose of the auxiliary is to assist and support Hillsborough’s Volunteer Firemen and their families, and to raise funds for the fire company and charities. The auxiliary welcomes anyone interested in joining — potential members do not need to have a relative in the fire company to join. For information or questions, call Chris at 908-359-0123 or send e-mail to [email protected].
   The Hillsborough Township Committee will meet in the municipal courtroom at the Hillsborough Municipal Township Municipal Complex at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14.
   The Hillsborough Volunteer Fire Co. No. 2 Ladies Auxiliary will host a flea marketat 9 a.m. Sept. 18 at the firehouse at 375 Route 206. Flea market outside spaces are available for $15 each. Vendors can just show up that morning and pay then (To avoid any confusion, there are no flea market spaces available inside or outside for the Oct. 2 Vendor Fair). For information and reservations, call 908-722-0620 or 908-725-4908; or visit the fire company website at Go to About, Membership and then Ladies Auxiliary for Ladies Auxiliary information.
   The Small Business Development Center at Raritan Valley Community College will offer no-cost business counseling at Affinity Federal Credit Union, at the Hillsborough Promenade, 315 Route 206, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20. Contact the Raritan Valley Community College SBDC at 908-526-1200, ext. 8516, to make an appointment.